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Students Honored at 2016 Lyman T. Johnson Awards Banquet

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — The Lyman T. Johnson Awards Banquet was held last Tuesday evening in E.S Good Barn. The banquet sold out with nearly 100 attendants who were anxious to dine with one another and witness the announcement of this year's award-winning students.

 

The Lyman T. Johnson Awards Banquet is a longstanding tradition at the University of Kentucky. It was created over 30 years ago, by the UK Black Student Union, to honor the hard work, strong leadership and amazing achievements of the minority students on this campus, who may otherwise go unrecognized.

 

The banquet was named in honor of Lyman T. Johnson who, in 1949, became the first African-American student to be enrolled at UK after successfully suing the university for rejecting his application to a graduate program on the basis of race. The banquet was created in his name to honor his legacy, and continues as an annual tradition today.

 

This year's banquet was nothing short of a success, with nearly 100 people in attendance including President Eli Capilouto, Vice President of Institutional Diversity Terry Allen, BSU founder Theodore Berry, and staff from the Martin Luther King Center. An inspiring keynote address was given by State Rep. George Brown, and the evening was hosted by Bishlam Pea and Mariah Caise, who hold the titles of Mr. And Ms. Black UK, respectively.

 

The 2016 winners of the awards annually presented by the Black Student Union were:

  • Fabian Leon, Outstanding Freshman Award

  • Tiara Fripp, Outstanding Senior Award

  • Carol Taylor, Evelyn J. Black Award
  • Eseosa Ighodaro, John T. Smith Award

  • Kelsey Hammon, Dr. Doris J. Wilkinson Award

  • Nicholas Bryant, Lyman T. Johnson Award

  • NAACP, Non-Greek Organization of the Year

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.-Mu Epsilon Chapter, Greek Organization of the Year 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

South Africa Conference Explores Global Education

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — The call for papers deadline approaches for the Interuniversity Centre for Education Law and Education Policy (CELP) conference, “Balancing Freedom, Autonomy and Accountability in Education,” to be held July 27-29 in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.

 

Conference co-chairs include Rika Joubert, director of CELP and professor emeritus at the University of Pretoria in South Africa; William Thro, general counsel at the University of Kentucky; and John Nash, associate professor in the UK College of Education Department of Educational Leadership Studies. The conference also incorporates the 2016 International Symposium on Educational Reform, for which Nash is the 2016 coordinating director.

 

According to CELP’s literature, “The effort to respect the role of parents as the primary advocates for the education of their children and thus to find the right balance between liberty and accountability in education – to ensure that society’s goals are met and vulnerable individuals and groups are protected … is the theme of this conference.”

 

Contributions addressing any of the following sub-themes are invited:

·       Freedom of and right to education as basic norms in democratic societies

·       Understanding and implementing education reform worldwide

·       The role of the state in promoting human rights in education

·       Right to education linked with freedom of education

·       Educational freedom in the context of religion

·       Educational freedom in the context of culture and language

·       Decentralization and accountability

·       Funding of education

·       Admission to education institutions

 

For more information visit http://www.celp.co.za/?event=conference-balancing-freedom-autonomy-and-accountability-in-education

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

"see blue." #selfie: Jeremiah Pickett III

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 14:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016)  Want to get to know the people behind some of the biggest student leadership positions on campus? We did, too! That's why we're excited to introduce "see blue." #selfie  a brand new series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. This week, the 2016 president of the Black Student Union, Jeremiah Pickett.

 

Jeremiah Pickett, a junior political science major from the south suburbs of Chicago, is this year's Black Student Union (BSU) president at the University of Kentucky. Pickett strives to take on the task of nurturing others during their time at UK. He's always open to helping out where he can, catching a good movie at his favorite theater in Lexington and building community by investing in his friends and peers. Learn more about Pickett in his "see blue." #selfie!

 

UKNow: What is your major and where are you from?

Jeremiah Pickett: I'm from the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and I'm a political science major. I'm a junior.

 

UK: Tell me about your position in Black Student Union.

JP: As president of UK BSU, I am pretty much the representative of the issues across campus as well as administratively in our organization. I delegate and handle situations as they arrive. As soon as someone in the organization needs me, they can get in touch with me! Everyone knows that.

 

UK: When did you become involved with BSU?

JP: My involvement began my sophomore year when I held the position of political action chair. During that election, I was nominated and elected as president for this year.

 

UK: Why are you so passionate about this organization? 

JP: What makes me so passionate about it is the activities that we put on and the events that bring out blacks on campus. It fuels me! I think that the events help everyone get to the next place they want to be in their lives.  

 

UK: In your own words, how does BSU benefit our campus?

JP: As a whole, we are one of the largest minority organizations on campus. Our duty is to nurture. We are trying to expand to show people that we are catering to more than blacks.

 

UK: What was your favorite part about the organization?

JP: I would say exec board meetings with the leadership team and chairs. We still get business done, but we are more relaxed and chilled and we get to hang out for an hour and a half. That definitely is my favorite part.

 

UK: Are there any teachers or staff members that have made a positive impact on your time here at UK?

JP: I have three — our faculty advisors and one of my political science teachers. Our advisors, Kahlil Baker and Asia Payne, impact a lot of what we do. And Richard Waterman, one of my political science teachers, wants students to succeed. He will have a conversation with you despite your political interest. He just is there to talk and help you out.

 

UK: If you had a movie about your life, what would the title be? 

JP: Probably "The Third in Succession." Yup, that's good! I would go see that!  

 

UK: How much planning goes on behind the scenes for BSU events? 

JP: Behind the scenes, we come up with a topic first. Once that's decided, from there the planning and coordination starts. We reach outside of BSU, talking to the Lexington community or other organizations, reserving room. We spend a lot of time coordinating to make it a well-planned event. Out biggest event is Saturday — it's the Apollo Talent Show. Now in year 17, it's become a statewide thing with contestants from all over the state. It's in the Singletary Center with a celebrity guest host for intermission. It's a time of fellowship, fashion, talents and acts.

 

UK: Outside of BSU, what has been one of your favorite events on campus?

JP: I enjoy Campus Ruckus and I think it's because you get to see the incoming freshman and all their interests! It's one of the first times returning students will all be together, too. It's a good time to see everyone before school starts!

 

UK: Growing up, what did you want to be?

JP: I wanted to be a chef. I wanted to be that for the longest time!

 

UK: What's your dream job now? 

JP: Now, I would like to be a staffer for an elected official in Congress.  

 

UK: What's your favorite thing you like to do off campus? 

JP: Going to the movies either at Regal or the Movie Tavern because of the seats!

 

UK: What's your favorite late night place to grab a bite to eat?

JP:  My friends and I always space it out. One night it might be McDonalds, or O'Charley's for free pie Wednesdays, or Steak-n-Shake!

 

UK: If you could make anything a national holiday, what would it be?

JP:  If I had to make a national holiday, I would want to have one in January in remembrance of Obama's inauguration or November when he was elected!

 

UK: What is your favorite vacation spot? 

JP: My family owns a RV. One of my favorite parts about that RV is when we take it to Stone Mountain, Georgia. We go there frequently!

 

UK: Since we celebrated Opening Day last week, which MLB team are you rooting for this year? 

JP: I'm a White Sox fan by default.

 

UK: Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?

JP: I have two! Looking back on what I wish I would have known, first I would say to ask questions to anyone about anything while you're in college. In college, this is one of the places you're going to grow the most to set you up for when you graduate. Get those questions out now while you have some free time to figure out what's going on in your life. On the academic side of things, remember that office hours change grades. If there's a time when you see you're struggling, get the help. Ask the teacher or go see them! I tell everyone "go see your teacher!"

 

"see blue." #selfies will appear every other Tuesday on UKNow. Know a student leader we should feature? Contact Rebecca Stratton at rebecca.stratton@uky.edu to nominate someone.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton, rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-323-2395 

UK Family Invited to Enter Designs for Confucius Institute's Snapchat Filter Competition

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) is now accepting submissions from UK students, faculty or staff for its Snapchat Filter Competition!

 

The UKCI is looking for graphic design submissions for a new Snapchat filter that students and community members can use when sharing UKCI moments on Snapchat.

 

Submissions will be reviewed by the UKCI marketing team and a winner will be selected. The winner will receive a UKCI gift basket and his or her design will be used as UKCI’s official Snapchat geo-filter design on campus.

 

All works of art must comply with the following guidelines:

  • All graphics used must be 100 percent original.
  • No logos or trademarks, other than the University of Kentucky logo. 
  • Design must be relevant to the UK Confucius Institute brand.
  • No photographs.
  • No hashtags. 
  • Graphics should cover less than one-third of the screen.
  • File should be 1080 pixels wide by 1920 pixels high.
  • Files should be a PNG under 300 KB with a transparent background.
  • Be creative and think visually.

See the sample at bottom of page as an example.

 

Deadline for submissions for the UKCI Snapchat Filter Competition is 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 25.

 

Each entry must be sent via email with the designer’s name, year (if applicable), major or department, and email address. All submissions and questions should be sent to Lauren Henrickson at lauren.henrickson@uky.edu.

Individuals submitting designs to the UK Confucius Institute are authorizing UKCI and the University of Kentucky to make unlimited, unrestricted use of their design for promotional purposes.

 

A gateway for Chinese language, culture and art to the people of Kentucky, UKCI provides leadership, support and coordination for Chinese language and programs in K-12 schools as well as on UK's campus; assists and facilitates establishing and maintaining faculty and student exchanges between UK colleges and Chinese universities; conducts Chinese language and cultural exchange; and promotes education about China on campus, across the Bluegrass region, and throughout the Commonwealth. To keep up with UK Confucius Institute and future events, join the institute's listerv and follow them on FacebookTwitter and Snapchat (UKConfucius).

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Leila Salisbury to Lead University Press of Kentucky

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — Leila Salisbury will return to the Bluegrass as the new director of the University Press of Kentucky (UPK). Salisbury will take leadership of the press on Aug. 1. She began her career as an intern at UPK.

 

Salisbury returns to Kentucky after serving as director of the University Press of Mississippi (UPM) since 2008. At UPM, she was responsible for strategic planning and the overall direction and management of a $2.7 million scholarly publishing operation, directed the electronic evolution of the press, and helped secure a $3.8 million endowment.

 

Prior to her time at the helm of UPM, Salisbury served as marketing director of the University Press of Kentucky from 2001–2008, and her duties included all facets of publicity, marketing, promotion and book sales. She also acquired books in film studies and popular culture.


While at both presses, Salisbury has been very involved with the American Association of University Presses (AAUP), an organization of nonprofit publishers whose members strive to advance scholarship through their publications. Currently a member of the association's national board of directors, she has previously chaired and participated in a number of panels and workshops at both national and regional levels and served as the chair of the AAUP marketing committee.

 

“I look forward to Leila bringing her national academic publishing experience back to Kentucky and leading the Kentucky's statewide academic press through the exciting digital transformation underway in publishing,” said Dean of Libraries Terry Birdwhistell.

Salisbury holds a bachelor's degree with honors in English from Davidson College and a master's degree in English from the University of Kentucky.

 

The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. The press’s editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production, and marketing departments of the press are found at the UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation through the UK Libraries.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Annual Ceremony Will Memorialize Those Lost From the UK Community

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 09:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — The annual University of Kentucky Remembers Ceremony will be held noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, on the plaza of the Main Building. The rain location is King Alumni House.

 

UK Remembers is an opportunity for the University of Kentucky community to pay respect to the alumni, faculty, staff and students who’ve passed away during the previous year. The ceremony will include a presentation of flags by the UK ROTC Color Guard; speakers who represent faculty, staff, students and alumni; and a musical tribute.

 

Additionally, a memorial banner will hang in the plaza the day of the ceremony. This year, the banner will include nearly 400 names of community members we’ve lost in the past year.

 

The event is open to the public, and attendees are invited to post pictures and memorial notes to the banner as a way to honor those who have passed. This year’s service has been organized by students from the Robinson Scholars Program and staff from the office of Alumni Relations, the Counseling Center, Work Life, Student Center and Physical Plant.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Contemporary Emirati Art Exhibit Makes Final American Stop at UK's Bolivar Gallery

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:09
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — The first major touring exhibition of Emirati art will make its final stop of an 18-month tour of the United States this weekend in the Bluegrass. "Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates," organized by Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), tells the story of the UAE’s rich history, culture and rapid development. The exhibition will run April 16-May 13 at the University of Kentucky’s Bolivar Art Gallery, in the new Art and Visual Studies Building.

 

A special highlight of "Past Forward" is the display of works that showcase facets of Emirati culture, including a strong equestrian heritage and a culture deeply rooted in hospitality. Similar to Lexington, horses are intrinsically woven into the fabric of Emirati culture. The UAE is home to some of the world’s most famous horse racing tournaments including the Dubai World Cup, and the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed, led the country in promoting purebred Arabian horses to the world. The UAE — which is home to more than 200 different nationalities — and Kentucky share a proud culture of hospitality that makes visitors feel at home.

 

"'Past Forward’ presents the UAE’s culture and history as told through the eyes of the country’s best contemporary artists, and how the country has preserved its traditions while developing into the modern, open and tolerant place it is today," said UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba. "'Past Forward’s final stop in Lexington, Kentucky, is the last chance to view some of these talented Emiratis’ artwork in the U.S., and we are excited to share this moment in a city where we have so much in common."

 

The UAE and the U.S. share close bilateral ties, and the "Past Forward" touring exhibition and auxiliary programming is a reflection of the two countries’ friendship. In conjunction with the exhibition, this week, a delegation of featured artists from the UAE will participate in public programming and arts outreach on the UK campus and around the community.

 

The exhibition showcases more than 50 paintings, photographs, sculptures, video installations and other media by 25 notable Emirati artists that emphasize core elements of life in the UAE. Emirati artists are a multifaceted group of men and women who have maintained a sense of national identity while also promoting their vision and aspirations for the future. Early proponents of contemporary art in the UAE forged a path for the art world over 40 years ago, making the discipline a key aspect of today’s culture.

 

"We are thrilled to host this incredibly important exhibit. It is a tremendous vote of confidence by the UAE to enable the School of Art and Visual Studies to showcase more than 25 leading Emirati artists,” said UK College of Fine Arts Dean Michael Tick. "The scope of this exhibit not only allows us to strengthen our programming for the benefit of the students of the University of Kentucky as well as the entire community, but also showcase our new state-of-art building."

 

"Past Forward" showcases works by several of these pioneers, who draw inspiration from the country’s rich history, diverse society and unique environment. Immersed in a fast-moving, transitional space, Emirati artists still remain deeply connected to their roots. "Past Forward" leads visitors on a visual journey from artistic beginnings in the UAE to the country’s evolution into a vibrant regional art center. It also provides an intimate view of life in the UAE that characterizes the nation’s past, present and future.

 

"'Past Forward’ will provide a unique opportunity for people in Lexington to learn about the UAE’s cultural heritage through the eyes of Emirati artists," said Meridian International Center President and CEO Ambassador Stuart Holliday.

 

The Emirati artists featured in this exhibition are: Ebtisam AbdulAziz, Shamma Al Amri,

Ammar Al Attar, Khalid Al Banna, Zeinab Al Hashemi, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Maitha Al Mehairbi, Farah Al Qasimi, Mohammed Al Qassab, Abdul Qader Al Rais, Alia Saeed Al Shamsi, Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi, Afra Bin Dhaher, Mattar Bin Lahej, Maitha Demithan, Alaa Edris, Lamya Gargash, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Alia Lootah, Najat Makki, Lateefa bint Maktoum, Khalid Mezaina, Salama Nasib, Khalid Shafar and Obaid Suroor. To read more on each artist's story or to see examples of an artist's work, visit the "Past Forward" website at www.meridian.org/pastforward/gallery/.

 

As part of the exhibition, a panel discussion on the contemporary art landscape in the UAE will be presented from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the auditorium of UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. The discussion will be moderated by Miriam Kienle, assistant professor in the UK School of Art and Visual Studies, and will include UAE artist Lamya Gargash; Terry K. Harvey, vice pesident of Cultural Programs at Meridian International Center; Dana Al Marashi, head of the Heritage and Social Affairs Department at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C.; and UAE artist Maitha Al Maehairbi

 

The following week an opening reception will be held for the exhibition from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Bolivar Art Gallery. The exhibition, panel discussion and opening reception are all free and open to the public. 

 

"Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates" is organized and circulated by Meridian International Center with support from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. Additional support for "Past Forward" is provided by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and Etihad Airways. The exhibition is co-curated by the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy and contemporary Emirati art expert Noor Al Suwaidi. As part of its national tour, the exhibition has visited Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Spokane, Washington; East Lansing, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois.

 

Housed in the UK Art and Visual Studies Building, the Bolivar Art Gallery is the primary gallery space of the UK's School of Art and Visual Studies at the College of Fine Arts. The gallery features exhibition programming showcasing work by visiting artists, as well as UK students and faculty in the School of Art and Visual Studies, an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies, and art education.

 

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Meridian International Center is a premier international leadership organization that provides valuable insight and experiences across borders, cultures and sectors. Meridian works with U.S. Department of State partners in the government, private, NGO, and educational sectors globally to create lasting international partnerships through leadership programs and cultural exchanges. Meridian also connects U.S. and foreign governments with the private sector to respond to global challenges and sustain impact. Meridian’s mission is to create innovative exchange, educational, cultural, and policy programs that advance three goals: strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange, prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future, and provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors.

 

The UAE is a source of stability, tolerance, innovation, and growth in the Arabian Gulf and around the globe. The United States and the UAE are reliable allies, with historical and present-day shared security and economic interests. In fact, the UAE is the largest export market for U.S. goods in the Middle East and more U.S. naval vessels visit UAE ports than any other port outside the United States. The United States and the UAE also enjoy growing social and cultural ties, and many U.S. institutions in education, health care and the arts have formed collaborative partnerships with UAE entities. For more information: www.uae-embassy.org

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Team Wins First Place in Districts of National Student Advertising Competition

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — A student team from the University of Kentucky Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) won first place in their district in the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) held April 1, in Columbus, Ohio.

 

UK competes in AAF District 5, which includes schools in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Students from more than 200 programs nationwide compete annually in the NSAC. Winners from the 15 AAF districts go on to the semifinal competition, held via video conference May 4; semifinal winners will compete at the national competition June 4-7, in Anaheim, California.

 

"I am beyond proud of my team and their hard work — winning in District 5 is no small feat," said Adriane Grumbein, assistant ISC professor and advisor to the team. "I am thrilled that I got to be their advisor, and I can’t wait to see how far they go — both in the NSAC and in life."

 

This year's NSAC sponsor was Snapple. Each team developed a 27-page campaign book and made a 20-minute presentation before a panel of industry judges.

 

Just like the ISC major, the team's campaign was multi-faceted. It centered a lot of work around public relations efforts and garnering attention for Snapple in new ways. The team spent countless hours conducting primary and secondary research to support the campaign's strategies and tactics. 

 

“This experience was a true capstone and culmination of the ISC major," said Savanah Sellars, an ISC junior and competition team member. "It was a unique experience to see all of the paths come together to create a cohesive campaign — a true show of team work. Every member of the team worked exceptionally hard and having the opportunity to compete at semifinals is such a reward!"

 

The integration of "paths" Sellars mentioned is the hallmark of the ISC major at UK. Unlike programs at other schools that generally focus on only advertising or public relations, the students in the integrated strategic communication major learn about the range of promotional communication techniques and how they can best be used together.

 

"The integrated campaign that this team created for Snapple shows the value of an academic program like ISC," said UK Department of ISC Chair Alyssa Eckman, who also helps advise the team. "The team had students from all our areas of specialization, including direct response, creative advertising, public relations and account management. The commitment to teamwork was really amazing this year, and they proved that a determined group of ISC students can overcome tough challenges and tight deadlines.”

 

The 2016 UK NSAC team members are:

 

Kelsey Brosseau

Sarah Carbin

Jacob Ewing

Ryan Girves

Lauren Henrickson

Austin Hohiemer

Rachel Izydorek

Joran Mason

Abigail O’Connor

Kelsey Potter

Ryan Quinn

Garrett Ringler

Savanah Sellars

Sydney Shelton

Seth Stewart 

Rachel Walker

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

UK Researchers Co-hosting Important International Meeting on Health, Environment

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 14:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) – Scientists from the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) are joining the Institute of Environmental Medicine AS CR in co-hosting the 2016 Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment (CEECHE). Held biennially, this year’s meeting is taking place this week through April 14 at the Hotel Diplomat in Prague, Czech Republic. The UK-SRC is able to co-sponsor the event with financial support provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program.

 

The CEECHE meeting facilitates the exchange of knowledge about new methods for assessing and addressing environmental health risks that are relevant to central and eastern European regions. Attendees will focus on conducting and translating science within an emerging prevention paradigm, determining ways to better define the complex but common links between health and environment, and promoting shared understandings of current research.

 

Discussion topics include the exposome; epigenetics; environmental disease prevention strategies that include lifestyle factors; new environmental remediation technologies; risk assessment; and policy levers for reducing exposures and improving environmental public health. Scientists will share data and engage broadly with other members of the scientific community, while trainees and early-career scientists will meet established investigators within an international context to exchange ideas and initiate scientific collaborations.

 

“Reducing exposures and improving environmental health outcomes for those who cannot avoid exposures are important goals worldwide,” said Bernhard Hennig, UK-SRC director. “Bringing together scientists from different nations to share knowledge and strategies for preventing exposures and promoting health is an important way that we can leverage the expertise of many disciplines and backgrounds to improve population health.”

 

Hennig, a professor of nutrition and toxicology at UK, will serve as Wednesday’s keynote speaker, discussing the public health implications of his research on the relationship between nutritional interventions and environmental pollutant toxicity.

 

In addition to Hennig, UK faculty presenting their research at the conference include Kelly Pennell of the College of Engineering, Anna Hoover of the College of Public Health, and Andrew Morris of the College of Medicine.

 

UK-SRC postdoctoral researcher Michael Petriello will present a research poster at the conference, as will UK-SRC graduate students and postdoctoral trainees Jordan Perkins and Angela Gutierrez.

 

Complete details regarding the sessions are available on the event website: http://www.ceeche2016.eu/. Learn more about the UK-SRC at www.uky.edu/superfund.

 

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is home to 14 active U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Priorities List Superfund hazardous waste sites and to more than 500 federal and state Superfund sites. By participating in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences nationwide family of Superfund Research Programs (SRP), UK meets its land-grant institution mandate and continues a strong tradition of cross-disciplinary collaboration.

 

This grant represents the continuing effort of the university to pursue national prominence in environmental and health research while addressing issues of extreme importance to Kentuckians.

 

The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) supports both biomedical and environmental science research on reducing the health and environmental impacts related to chlorinated organic compounds found at Superfund sites across the country.

 

The center's biomedical research focuses on potential roles for nutritional components and lifestyle choices to reduce negative human health effects related to chemical exposures. UK-SRC environmental research examines potential uses of nanotechnology for detecting and remediating such sites.

 

Together, UK-SRC investigators and trainees translate research findings for and with academic audiences, federal and state policymakers and regulators, and affected communities to contribute to real-world improvements in environmental health.

 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kara Richardson, Kara.Richardson@uky.edu

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

Office of Wellness Initiatives for Student Empowerment Establishes Collegiate Recovery Community

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 13:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of Wellness Initiatives for Student Empowerment (WISE) is excited to announce the launch of its Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC).

 

UK’s CRC is dedicated to empowering students recovering from addictive disorders to achieve academic, personal and professional success while maintaining recovery. The CRC provides a safe and supportive community for students in recovery, including a positive social atmosphere with like-minded peers, dedicated and qualified recovery staff and an emphasis on developing as productive members of society.

 

Living in recovery on a college campus can be very difficult but the CRC exists to bring recovering students together — students who are pursuing a life of sobriety while achieving their goals.

 

Kelsey Hinken, WISE prevention coordinator, is excited about the establishment of a CRC on UK’s campus.

 

“Students involved with collegiate recovery communities tend to have higher GPAs, higher graduation rates as well as lower relapse rates,” Hinken said.

 

Hinken is also passionate about providing recovering students with the support they need.

 

“I would love to get feedback from students about what they would like to see because – ultimately – that is what we want the CRC to be. Whatever recovering students feel they need, whatever resources they want to have, that’s absolutely what the CRC would like to provide for them,” Hinken said.

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12, the CRC team will be available on the Mining and Minerals Plaza near William T. Young Library from noon to 3 p.m. Grab some free goodies and see what CRC is all about.

 

If you are interested in or would like to join the Collegiate Recovery Community at UK, email Kelsey Hinken at kelsey.hinken@uky.edu. If you would like to donate or support the CRC, email Drew Smith at Drew.Smith02@uky.edu.

 

For more information, visit the CRC website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

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UK Police Department Launches Moped Education/Enforcement Campaign

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:58

 

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing. View a transcript. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — An increase of inappropriate and illegal use of mopeds on the University of Kentucky campus is resulting in UK Police launching an education and enforcement campaign for the remainder of the spring semester. Moped operators not following state laws or campus regulations will be subject to warnings and eventually citations if the warnings are ignored.

 

Mopeds are not allowed to be driven on sidewalks or in bicycle lanes, and they cannot be parked at bicycle racks on UK's campus. The same rules that apply to motorcycles apply to mopeds — they can be parked in motorcycle spaces on campus.

 

"This is a safety issue on a number of levels," said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. "The risk of injury increases for pedestrians and moped drivers alike if they are on sidewalks together, especially during heavy pedestrian travel periods. Also, we want to avoid situations of mopeds with tanks full of gasoline being parked at bicycle racks in close proximity to buildings. That can increase the risk of fire on campus."

 

Monroe also said UK Police are seeing other examples of moped drivers disregarding legal and safe driving practices, including driving the wrong way on one-way streets; circumventing traffic; having multiple riders on a moped; and not using safety equipment.

 

Starting today, UK Police are stepping up their efforts to educate the campus community about UK regulations and state laws covering the use of mopeds. Driving mopeds on sidewalks or in bike lanes is against Kentucky vehicle laws, which also require moped drivers to possess a regular driver's license and follow the same laws as any motor vehicle. UK Police plan to focus on moped drivers who violate laws of improper lane usage, careless driving, failure to yield and disregarding traffic regulations.

 

"As long as moped users operate their vehicles in a legal and responsible manner, they have nothing to worry about," said UK Police Captain Kevin Franklin who is coordinating the education and enforcement effort. "We just want to make sure that they know and understand the driving laws and parking regulations and follow those rules."

 

For the next two weeks UK Police will issue verbal and written warnings to any moped user in violation of state and local regulations. If violators are students, they could be reported to UK Student Affairs officials, and if they are employees, they could be reported to Human Resources officials. After that time period, violators can expect citations.

 

UK Parking and Transportation Services will also increase enforcement for mopeds parked in violation of campus parking regulations including being parked at bike racks, near buildings, and on sidewalks.

 

"We hope members of our campus community as well as visitors who use mopeds will respond quickly to our education campaign and comply with the rules of the road and parking," Monroe said. "Safety is a top priority of the university, and we don't want the illegal or unsafe operation of mopeds to become a risk to maintaining a safe campus environment."

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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UK Professor Receives Distinguished Physician Award

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) – Dr. Thomas Waid, professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Distinguished Physician Award from the National Kidney Foundation on March 12.

 

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is an organization dedicated to the awareness and treatment of kidney disease. The award recognizes Waid’s leadership and commitment to the NKF mission and his contributions to the health and wellbeing of individuals and families affected by kidney disease. The foundation is honoring him for demonstrating great efforts in making an outstanding impact on the lives of those served.

 

Waid is a professor of internal medicine, specializing in nephrology with more than 34 years experience. He has held numerous leadership positions, with the most recent being medical director of the kidney transplantation program and pancreas transplant program. He started the Organ Failure and Transplant Network in 2008 and has been its medical director since that time. 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, allison.perry@uky.edu

Conference to Highlight Changes in the Neurology and Neurosurgery Fields

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) —The University of Kentucky College of Medicine Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute will host an accredited event to bring health care providers up to date on care practices dealing with neurology and neurosurgery.

 

On April 29, all health care providers who treat patients with neurological issues - from primary care physicians to occupational and physical therapists - are invited to join several forums discussing new evidence-based practices in neurology. Presentations will cover advances in medical management for headache, memory complaints, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and acute ischemic stroke.

 

The event is free but participants must register through CE Central to reserve a spot. Onsite registration and breakfast will start the day at 8 a.m. in the Pavilion A auditorium of the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital with the welcome and introduction beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event ends at 4 p.m. Participants attending this event will receive free validated parking in the hospital parking garage at the corner of South Limestone and Leader Avenue.

 

To register visit http://www.cecentral.com/live/11652

For questions regarding this event please call 859-218-5074 or email ukneuroeducation@uky.edu

 

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Late Night Film Series, MLK Center to Host Premiere of 'Restored Me'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — Tomorrow night, the University of Kentucky Martin Luther King Center and the Late Night Film Series will co-host a premiere of "Restored Me." Following the screening, a panel featuring the movie’s director, supervisor and executive producers will answer questions from the audience.

 

“The event will be a highlight of the Late Night schedule this semester as it arrives weeks before the film's wide release and features a diverse cast and creators,” said Zachary Lamb, Late Night Film Series lead coordinator. “We are also incredibly excited about the following panel with the artists.”

 

The film’s soundtrack will be played from 6 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall with the screening and panel discussion to follow. The panel will be moderated by Pastor Dana Lockhart of St. Augustine’s Chapel. Members of the panel include writer, director and co-producer Rhyan Lamarr, music supervisor Amir Windom and executive producer Allan Chua.

 

"We've worked on a lot of premieres and sneak peeks in the past, but this one is posed to be very special. This is more than a movie — it feels more like a movement," Lamb said.

 

A trailer of "Restored Me" can be found here.

 

About the film: "Restored Me" is a comedic drama for an audience seeking to be uplifted. With a shaken faith in God, ex-con Julio joins the colorful crew of an old movie theater to start a new life but soon learns the theater is not what it seems.

 

"Restored Me" is first faith-based film for the millennial generation. The film is unique among faith-based film thanks to a diverse and talented cast, a soundtrack that takes cues from both gospel and hip-hop among other genres, and a message that transcends religious denomination.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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LGBTQ* Resources Hosts 1st Annual Pride Week

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources will host its first annual Pride Week this week, April 11-16. Educational and social events take place throughout the week all around campus.

 

The purpose of Pride Week is to emphasize the diverse experiences of LGBTQ* students, faculty and staff at UK.

 

“Pride Week provides space to engage in important conversations that impact our communities and allow opportunities for us to grow together,” said Lance Poston, director of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources.

 

The week kicks off with information booths located at Bowmen’s Den and in front of Whitehall Classroom Building today, April 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Calendars of the Pride Week events will be available at the information booths as well as a free UK pride ribbon. Tonight from 5-7 p.m., in The 90, University Health Services (UHS) Sexperts will conduct a Healthy Sex Workshop and free HIV testing.

 

The schedule of UK Pride Week events is as follows:

 

Monday, April 11

 

LGBTQ* Information Booths

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bowmen’s Den and Whitehall Classroom Building

Pick up calendars of the week's events and free UK Pride Ribbons!

 

UHS Sexperts Healthy Sex Workshop and Free HIV Testing Event

5-7 p.m.

The 90

 

Tuesday, April 12

 

Healthcare Student Diversity Services LGBTQ* Discussion

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

College of Nursing Building room 504

Lunch is provided

 

LGBTQ* Game Night

6-8 p.m.

Campus Entertainment Complex

Join us for laser tag and miniature golf! We have a limited amount of free spaces open for currently enrolled UK students. Email orvis.kean@uky.edu to reserve your space. Vans leave Blazer Hall at 6 p.m. and return at 8 p.m.

 

Wednesday, April 13

 

Faces of Pride Photo Booths

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

White Hall Classroom Building

Stop by to show your pride as an LGBTQ* individual or ally through taking part in our inclusive photo project.

 

Faces of Homelessness: LGBTQ* Connections

7- 9 p.m.

WilliamT. Young Library B108C

An educational panel hosted by the Center for Community Outreach. Coffee and cookies provided.

 

Thursday, April 14

 

Gender and Sexuality Lunch and Learn: International LGBTQ* Perspectives

Noon-1 p.m.

William T. Young Library Alumni Gallery

Lunch is provided.

 

UK Gay Straight Alliance Discussion: "Diversity in LGBTQ* Spaces"

7-9 p.m.

William T. Young Library B108C

 

Friday, April 15

 

Pride Week Rally and Review

Noon

Greek Park (on Rose Lane next to Farmhouse)

Join us for a rally to celebrate our first annual UK Pride Week and learn about new developments in the Office of LGBTQ Resources and our LGBTQ focused student groups.

 

"Why LGBTQ* History Matters" by Sarah Prager

3-4:30 p.m.

White Hall Classroom Building

A lecture organized by the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Student Association

 

Queer and Now Spring Film Series: "Freeheld" Showing

7-9 p.m.

Memorial Hall

 

Saturday, April 16

 

Gayla

6-8 p.m.

Mandrell Hall (old Lexington Theological Seminary complex on Limestone across from the UK College of Law)

Our annual drag show features special guests and student performers with refreshments. Faculty, staff and community member admission is $5; student admission is free with suggested donation of a container of peanut butter to support the UK Big Blue Pantry.

 

For more information, visit www.uky.edu/Diversity/LGBTQ/events.html.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover. 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

'see blue.' on Two Wheels During 4th Annual Bike Week

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — The University of Kentucky will celebrate its fourth annual Bike Week April 11-16 as part of Earth Days in the Bluegrass. Bike Week is presented by the UK Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) and Parking and Transportation Services (PTS).

 

Bike Week includes seven events throughout the week, as well as an interactive photo-based scavenger hunt. Events throughout Bike Week will educate students, faculty and staff about seeing blue on two wheels at UK, which has been designated as a Silver level Bicycle Friendly University.

 

“Since its beginnings in 2013, Bike Week has grown to include events that educate, encourage and celebrate bicycling amongst our campus community,” said Chrissie Tune, PTS marketing specialist and BAC education chair. “The week has something for everyone, whether they are interested in learning about campus bike resources and programs or whether they are a passionate cyclist looking to get more involved.”

 

The week’s schedule is:

  • All Week - Ride and Seek, Sustainability-Style
  • 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, April 11 - Get Your DIY On! Fix-It Station Demonstrations
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, – Periscope with a Bike Mechanic
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 – Bike to Campus Day and On-the-Spot Safety Checks (rain date: April 20)
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 - Tour de Downtown Art
  • 7 p.m. Friday, April 15 - Bike-In Movie: The Late Night Film Series Presents "Freeheld"
  • 10 p.m. Friday, April 15 - Bike-In Movie: The Late Night Film Series Presents"The Hateful Eight"
  • 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16 – Donut Tour on Two Wheels

All Bike Week events are free. However, participants in either of the week’s group rides must sign up in advance, and riders on the Donut Tour on Two Wheels are responsible for purchasing their own donuts.

 

For more information about Bike Week, visit www.uky.edu/pts/bac/bike_week. To learn more about bicycling on campus, check out the PTS alternative transportation information here.

 

As a reminder, bicycles may only be parked at bicycle racks — located at all residence halls, classroom buildings and throughout campus.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores Central Kentucky's Ancient Trees

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 16:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today's program takes us outside to chat with Tom Kimmerer, formerly with the UK Department of Forestry and now a University Press of Kentucky author and chief scientist with a nonprofit group dedicated to the conservation of ancient trees in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/deep-roots-conversation-tom-kimmerer.

 

"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

UK to Host U.S.-China Forum on Applied Communication

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:45
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — The University of Kentucky will hold a U.S.-China forum for administrators and highly accomplished researchers in various subfields of applied communication from several universities in the United States and China from April 13-15, on UK’s campus.

 

The forum, which will promote academic conversations and explore research collaborations, will be co-chaired by Zixue Tai and Kevin Real, associate professors in the UK College of Communication and Information (UK CI); hosted by Dan O’Hair, dean of UK CI; and organized by Tai.

 

Discussions at the forum will surround topics like journalism and mass communication, political communication, civic communication, crisis communication, new media and virtual reality, health communication and media entrepreneurship.

 

This event will gather researchers from UK's CI, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Medicine, and host leading scholars from Indiana University, George Mason University, University of South Carolina, University of Alabama, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

Many prominent Chinese media and communication scholars who will be at the forum represent universities like Tsinghua University, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhejiang University, Jilin University, Beijing Normal University, Communication University of China and Guangxi University. Among these seven universities, six are distinguished as top 10 journalism and communication programs in China.

 

The applied communication forum is being presented by UK CI and the Confucius Institute. 

 

A gateway for Chinese language, culture and art to the people of Kentucky, UK Confucius Institute provides leadership, support and coordination for Chinese language and programs in K-12 schools as well as on UK's campus; assists and facilitates establishing and maintaining faculty and student exchanges between UK colleges and Chinese universities; conducts Chinese language and cultural exchange; and promotes education about China on campus, across the Bluegrass region, and throughout the Commonwealth. To keep up with UK Confucius Institute and future events, join the institute's listerv and follow them on FacebookTwitter and Snapchat (UKConfucius).

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK BGPSA Receives MOSAIIC Award at Berea College Conference

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2016) — This week, several University of Kentucky students and administrators attended a conference at Berea College Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education. The conference, "Dialogue on Race and Education in the 21st Century," engaged participants in a dialogue on topics such as community policing, immigration and education, and racial politics in America.

 

The three-day event included panel sessions, plenary speakers, presentations and an awards luncheon.

 

The 2016 Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies and Institutional Inclusiveness Consortium (MOSAIIC) Awards Luncheon was held Wednesday, April 6, at Woods-Penniman Commons at Berea College.

 

MOSAIIC was organized by Charlene Walker, vice president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College Office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion. The consortium consists of eight Kentucky colleges who support each other in efforts to raise awareness of opportunities and strategies needed to promote inclusive college working and learning environments.

 

The University of Kentucky Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) was awarded one of this year’s three MOSAIIC awards.

 

“We are honored to have been awarded the MOSAIIC Award. Our MOSAIIC Award not only recognizes our efforts but the efforts of all the students that contributed to the success of the #UKCalltoAction Town Hall event,” said Erica Littlejohn, president of BGPSA. “We are grateful that our African/African-American peers trusted us to share their stories and to give black voices a platform to express their concerns about the current racial climate at UK.”

 

The MOSAIIC Award is presented to an organization, student, faculty, staff or community member who has shown a true commitment to diversity and inclusion in their communities and/or workplace.

 

“This award reinforces that our black voices are sufficient to call for change on UK campus and that our concerns do not have to be validated by other student groups before they are taken seriously,” said Ese Ighodaro, vice president of BGPSA. “We thank the Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies and Institutional Inclusiveness Consortium of Kentucky for hearing us and acknowledging our efforts.”

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Spanish Pianist Jordi Camell's Concert to Showcase Music from the Mediterranean

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:18

 

 

Jordi Camell playing Fantasia in C Major.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2016) — The University of Kentucky School of Music will present award-winning pianist Jordi Camell in a concert featuring music from the Mediterranean Sea. The concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room 107 (former Tuska Gallery) in the Fine Arts Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

As part of the concert program, Camell will perform a variety of works by several pianists and composers from the Mediterranean region including Spanish musicians Isaac Albéniz, Frederic Mompou and Pau (Pablo) Casals and French musician Francis Poulenc. It will also include music from celebrated Spanish pianist and composer Enrique Granados on the centenary of his death.

 

Camell, a pianist with an extended professional career, is a lively musician open to all styles of music. He received his training in Tarragona, Barcelona, Paris and London. He recently performed his first solo show, "X-Ray, Radiography of an Interior Landscape." Camell is professor of piano and head of the Department for Classical and Contemporary Music at the Catalan Music University Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.

 

During Camell's visit, he will also offer a master class at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room 17 of the Fine Arts Building. This class is also free and open to the public.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

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